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It also means 'angel' in Dutch.
Also angel in Norwegian.
This also means "angel" in Danish.
Come on, this means 'angel' in Norwegian too. Therefore it should be added.
― Anonymous User
According to all of my German name books, including "Duden. Lexikon der Vornamen", Engel is (or rather was, seeing as it has pretty much disappeared) a unisex name leaning strongly towards the feminine side.
As for the meaning, they say this:
"A short form of names containing the element "Engel-", for example Engelbert, Engelhard or the nowadays extinct feminine names Engelheid and Engelburg.
Originally, this name element meant "Angle, member of the Germanic people of the Angles", who took their name from their region of origin in northern Germany. Their name is said to be derived from Old High German and Old Saxon angul "hook for fishing; peak".
With the increasing Christianization of the Germanic tribes, however, it has gradually been associated with angelus "angel" and by the Middle Ages it was only seen as the German word for angel, "Engel"." [noted -ed]
Seeing some say Engel is rare... My family originated from Germany. My grandparents and an Aunt and Uncle came from there into Canada, then they had two other kids, then came to USA and then my dad was born. It's hard trying to find family.
I looked up the name Engel online and just like the name Engels, it is most often a last name of Jewish or Hebrew origin. There many Holocaust survivors with this name. Also there are several variations of Engel (ie Engels, Ingel, Ingal, Ingalls, Ingels).
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